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A supplement to Dimensions of Early Childhood Volume 42 Number 3 2014 Contents 5-7 Resources for Rocks Paper Scissors Best Practices in Peer Mentoring 8-11 Resources for Creating Inclusive Classrooms Through the Arts 12-15 Resources for Playing With Technology Is It All Bad 16-19 Resources for Breakfast Blitz An Innovative Nutrition Education Program 20-23 Resources for Ten Ways to Foster Resilience in Young Children Join us in New Orleans for These Exciting Professional Development Opportunities 66th Annual Conference January 14-17 2015 New Orleans Louisiana The World From Our Front Porch Community and Culture CLASS Instructional Support Strategies Wednesday January 14 2015 We are pleased to announce that SECA has partnered with Teachstone to provide this special pre-conference session as one of the training opportunities available through our 66nd annual conference. This 1-day program teaches education managers coaches and mentors research-based strategies they can use with teachers to boost Instructional Support. Teachstone is offering a registration discount to participants and SECA will allow CLASS registrants to register for the annual conference at the SECA member rate. For more information on how to register for this special pre-conference session go to http www. southernearlychildhood.org seca_conference.php Thursday January 15 2015 The 2015 SECA Trainers Institute Make Learning Stick Using the 4 M Strategy for Engaging Adult Learners Constant Hine Participants will deepen and broaden their understanding of using a systematic approach to engage adult learners based on Gardner s theory of Multiple Intelligences and strategies based on Constant Hine s 4M s of Adult Learning (Magnetic Meaningful Memorable and Mobilizing) to get your message to stick. Constant Hine lives in Denver Colorado and is an early childhood consultant adult educator coach and author with a M.A. in Education. Constant is known as a coach s coach broadening and deepening the skills and mastery of coaches and mentors. 2015 Director s Seminar Developing the Successful Team Supporting Diversity for Staff and Parents Daniel Hodgins The 2015 Seminar is focused on our theme The World From Our Front Porch Community and Culture. As directors you re dealing not only with new cultural norms among many of your staff you re also encountering these same issues with the parents of children you serve. Daniel Hodgins is an internationally recognized presenter and author of two books titled Boys Changing the Classroom Not the Child and his new book GET OVER IT Relearning Guidance Practices. His work has been featured in national publications including International Cooperative Nursery and Early Childhood News. Featured Session Creating Amazing Environments That Will Inspire Learning and Literacy in the Early Childhood Classroom The environment in which young children live has a tremendous impact on their development. This session will focus on ways to design and implement classroom spaces that match children s way of knowing and help them reach their potential. It will include many practical ways to inspire communication and literacy learning that will engage children in meaningful experiences. Dr. Rebecca Isbell was the Director of the Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development and Professor of Early Childhood Education at East Tennessee State University Johnson City TN and is an Early Childhood Consultant and Author. For information on how to register for the SECA conference the Directors Seminar or the Trainer Institute go to http www.southernearlychildhood.org seca_conference_registration.php Dimensions Extra - Volume 42 Number 3 2014 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kathy Attaway President Kentucky Nancy Cheshire Immediate Past-President West Virginia AFFILIATE REPRESENTATIVES Alabama Richard Hardison Arkansas Geania Dickey Florida Sister Roberta Bailey Georgia Anita Dailey Kentucky Maureen O Brien Louisiana Jo Carroll Mississippi Kathy Chase Young Oklahoma Marti Nicholson South Carolina Crystal Campbell Tennessee Lisa Maddox-Vinson Texas Cille D Ascenzo Virginia Susan Barnes West Virginia Melissa Smith MEMBERS-AT-LARGE Jeffery Leffler Mississippi Dr. Floyd Creech South Carolina STAFF Glenda Bean Executive Director Maurena Farr Executive Assistant From SECA s President Kathy Attaway I am pleased to present our latest issue of Dimensions Extra. The purpose of this publication is to give providers in the field accessible user-friendly materials to supplement each issue of Dimensions of Early Childhood our peer-reviewed journal. Our hope is that these materials will allow directors and staff to easily use the information and implement the strategies contained in each Dimensions article. With each issue of Dimensions of Early Childhood and Dimensions Extra that you read you demonstrate your commitment to improving yourself as an early childhood professional dedicated to bettering the lives of Southern children and families. I encourage you to share the articles and resources with your colleagues and staff and to put the information to use in your program. The Southern Early Childhood Association appreciates the work you do for young children and we hope that our efforts to support you make that work just a little bit easier--and a lot more enjoyable--for you each and every day. Copyright 2014 Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA). Permission is NOT required to excerpt or make copies of materials in Dimensions Extra if they are distributed at no cost. Dimensions Extra contains resources that supplement articles in Dimensions of Early Childhood (ISSN 1068-6177). Please note Dimensions Extra is produced by the SECA Executive Director and is NOT a referred publication or written in APA style. You may need to make modifications if utilizing the material for academic purposes. Dimensions Extra is available on-line only to SECA members and is produced with each issue of Dimensions of Early Childhood. SECA serves the interests of early childhood educators and has affiliates in 13 Southern states. For information about SECA go to SECA s website http www. southernearlychildhood.org. You can Join Us and enjoy the benefits of SECA membership Typewriter designed by Simon Child from the thenounproject.com Southern Early Childhood Association 1123 S. University Ave. Ste 255 Little Rock AR 72204-1618 (800) 305-7322 info southernearlychildhood.org www.southernearlychildhood.org 3 Why Dimensions Extra Dimensions Extra was created to provide extended resources and activities that were based on articles that appeared in the refereed journal Dimensions of Early Childhood. After a few years of publishing Dimensions Extra we ve decided to make some modifications that will enhance the look and usefulness of the publication to early childhood practitioners. Dimensions in a Nutshell has replaced the Putting These Ideas into Practice pages. The new name is not only much easier to say.....who can get out PTIIP page.....but it more accurately reflects the original intent of the page. These pages were designed to Highlight the major points of the article as published in Dimensions of Early Childhood....a quick easy re-cap of the content of the article. Provide a springboard for discussion with staff concerning the article the child development principles contained in the article and strategies to implement the information provided. Serve as a possible informational resource for parents. Because the publication is published as an on-line publication the single page can be easily printed and then copied for distribution. (If you re concerned about the expense of printing in color simply tell your printer to print in grayscale .) We ve intentionally used graphics and photos to make it more appealing to both staff and parents and we hope that you ll utilize it for In-house staff development---short training sessions on particular topics. (After this short session you can direct staff to the full article and do more in-depth research and reflection.) Parent nights when the page can be a springboard to a discussion concerning your curriculum and daily activities. The basis for articles in your newsletters e-mail and other communications for parents and staff. We ve also combined two sections On-line Resources and Professional Books and Resources into just Professional Books and Resources. It was getting difficult to keep them separate since so many resources are available on the Internet today. This section highlights appropriate websites books and videos that we think you ll find useful. There s a new section Meet the Author. We thought you would like to know a little more about the persons who developed the article and we ve included their photos and contact information (if they agree). We want you to meet the wonderful professionals who are contributing to the field. As always SECA strives to meet the needs of its members and those interested in young children. You may copy any of these resources (including articles in Dimensions of Early Childhood) for distribution as long as there is no fee charged for the material. Make sure that you give us credit for the article. For example Reprinted with permission from the Southern Early Childhood Association www.southernearlychildhood.org. This is one of our contributions to the education and development of the professionals who work with young children each day. SECA s mission is to improve the quality of care and education for young children and their families through advocacy and professional development. We hope you ll enjoy Dimensions Extra The SECA Board of Directors and Staff 4 Rocks Paper Scissors Best Practices in Peer Mentoring Learn how to identify and support peer mentoring in your Early Childhood classroom. Dimensions in a Nutshell Shelly Hudson Bowden Supporting Best Practices in Peer Mentoring 5 Stepping Stones to Success Observe Teachers are always watching their students. Take your observations a step ahead by jotting down notes as you observe to help identify peer mentoring in your classroom. Support Establish and support peer mentoring both academically and socially throughout the school day. Be sure to place peer teams close to one another for success. Demonstrate Practice teacher student mentoring by providing your students with mini lessons in immersion demonstration expectation responsibility use approximation and response. Engage Transform your classroom into a complete print rich environment with not only word walls but language experience charts created with whole stories and sentences. Place all at student eye level to support academic peer partner learning. Provide Time Give mentoring peers time to practice their skills. If accountability remains a concern find pockets of time during the day such as before lunch or time to go home for students to put into practice what they have learned. Resources for Rock Paper Scissors Best Practices in Peer Mentoring Professional Books & Resources Teachers College Inclusive Classrooms Project http www.inclusiveclassrooms.org This website is intended to be one piece of support for teachers striving to make their classrooms and their practices more inclusive. It contains some explanations of practices that can support inclusivity in schools and suggestions for further reading. This is a website BY and FOR educators moving toward inclusive education. http graduateschool.wustl.edu current_students opportunities-enhance-credentials leadership-development peer-mentoring This website contains a Peer Mentoring Handbook that is designed for use at the college level however many of the concepts included in the handbook would work equally well with staff in early childhood programs. The handbook might also be useful to faculty advisors in undergraduate programs at both the community college and university levels. Stafford County Public Schools Preschool Peer Model Program Stafford Virginia http stafford.schoolfusion.us modules cms pages.phtml pageid 161122 The SCPS Preschool Peer Model Program is a vital part of our early childhood special education classroom instruction. The Peer Model Program provides typically developing children an opportunity to interact with same age peers who are receiving specialized instruction in a developmentally appropriate classroom. This inclusion program provides a stimulating and challenging environment that offers all children a wide range of learning opportunities. Dimensions of Early Childhood Volume 40 3 (Fall 2012) http www.southernearlychildhood.org members_only_publications.php Observe Reflect and Apply Ways to Successfully Mentor Early Childhood Educators by Marilyn Chu Ed.D. http thespecialparent.com 2008 03 10 peer-mentoring-in-preschool-benefits-all This website developed by the parent of a special needs child includes an article Peer Mentoring in Preschool Benefits All posted in March 2008 and provides the parent perspective on this classroom strategy. 6 Resources for Rock Paper Scissors Best Practices in Peer Mentoring Meet the Authors Shelly Hudson Bowden Shelly Hudson Bowden is a professor at Auburn University Montgomery in Early Childhood Education. Her research interests include mentoring and creating naturalistic classroom environments. Submitting a Manuscript Three times a year the Southern Early Childhood Association publishes a refereed journal Dimensions of Early Childhood. This SECA publication supports high-quality experiences for young children their families and educators by advancing the best practices in and knowledge base of early childhood education. Readers include teachers of young children family and group child care providers administrators teacher educators researchers and people in allied professions such as social workers and education policy makers. Are You Our Next Author For a copy of the Manuscript Guidelines and information on how to submit for consideration click here. 7 Creating Inclusive Classrooms through the Arts Read about creating an inclusive environment that promotes C. Miki Henderson & the Arts. Elizabeth Lasley Dimensions in a Nutshell Integrating the Arts Creates an Inclusive Environment that Promotes Togetherness & Community Building Teachers can incorporate art experiences that involve pairing or being a part of a small group. Include creative projects that can be used to get children working together develop camaraderie and learn to appreciate what it means to be a member of the community. Diversity Support of Differing Abilities and a Can Do Attitude Thoughtfully planned expressive art experiences should be developed in a manner that inspires children to share their differences and discover ways they are similar. The arts can provide ways for children to showcase their own abilities and teachers should intentionally choose activities that use the strengths possessed by the children in the class tailoring the curriculum to match what their students can do successfully. Student-centered Activities Offering choices from a variety of projects and activities ensures a more student-centered environment. Children can participate in projects that they are drawn to and will then be more likely to elaborate and expand their research interests to build onto their knowledge. Professional Collaboration Through advanced planning between classroom teachers and therapy providers to share the classroom the Arts may be used to meet the special needs of students and grow their portfolios. Specialists may have access to adaptive equipment or technology that teachers can borrow when necessary and teachers might be able to provide consumable art materials that a specialist would not be able to store or move around from place to place. Effective Documentation of Student Learning Whenever teachers communicate whether verbally at informational meetings or in written reports they should begin with a discussion of the child s strengths and gifts. Family Participation Teachers should devise ways to build families into the Arts being offered in their classroom whether it is preparing materials demonstrating a skill or process or by providing a context or impetus for a particular creative activity. Resources for Creating Inclusive Classrooms Through the Arts Professional Books & Resources Cornell University Center for Teaching Excellence http cte.cornell.edu teaching-ideas building-inclusive-classrooms index.html Inclusive learning environments are ones in which students feel that their contributions and perspectives are equally valued and respected. This website includes the following resources to assist in developing inclusive classrooms Icebreakers Establishing Ground Rules Inclusive Teaching Strategies and Connecting with Your Students. Although most of the material is developed for older children or adults you ll find ideas that can be modified to work with pre-K through early elementary. You may also schedule an individual consultation by contacting them at cornellcte cornell.edu or calling (607) 255-3990. http www.uni.edu inclusion benefits_of_inclusion.htm This project of the University of Northern Iowa provides insights and strategies to develop inclusive classrooms that benefit all children. Some of the emerging research themes which illustrate ways all children benefit include Social Justice Safe Environments Communication Literacy Technology and Collaboration. Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts TM http www.wolftrap.org Education Institute_for_Early_Learning_ Through_the_Arts.aspx The Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the ArtsTM is an internationally respected program that provides innovative arts-based teaching strategies and services to early childhood teachers caregivers parents and their children from 0 to 5 through the disciplines of drama music and movement. Photo by Scott Suchman Courtesy of Wolf Trap 9 Resources for Creating Inclusive Classrooms Through the Arts Professional Books & Resources Dimensions of Early Childhood and Dimensions Extra Volume 42 2 Go Figure Using the Art of Jasper Johns to Teach Number Concepts by Robin Ward (pp. 23-27) The SECA Reporter Summer 2012 http www.southernearlychildhood.org upload file Reporter Reporter%20Summer%202012.pdf This issue of The SECA Reporter includes these articles Arts and Pre-K Starting Children on a Lifelong Journey The Brain and the Arts And We Thought We Were Just Having Fun Arts Education Helps Make Those Brain Connections Arts Education It s More Than Having Something to Display on the Refrigerator Helping Low-Performing Schools The Turnaround Arts Initiative Arts Education Resources from SECA Wiggle Giggle and Shake (CD) By Rae Pica Publisher Educational Activities Item 29431 https www.gryphonhouse.com books details wiggle_giggle_shake_cd The songs on this CD can help children follow directions expand their vocabulary reinforce classroom concepts stimulate their imaginations better understand themselves and physically participate in their own learning. Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) A Program of the Kennedy Center Washington D.C. http www.kennedy-center.org education ceta The Kennedy Center recognizes that both teaching the arts and integrating the arts with other subject areas are important ways the arts are taught in schools. 10 Resources for Creating Inclusive Classrooms Through the Arts Meet the Authors Dr. C. Miki Henderson Dr. C. Miki Henderson has been an early childhood educator for over 23 years. She is an assistant professor of early childhood education at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville Texas. She teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in cognitive development creative expression and early literacy. Her research interests include assessment of young children and the early literacy needs of boys and dual language learners. Elizabeth Lasley Elizabeth Lasley is an assistant professor of language literacy and special populations at Sam Houston State University. Her interests are early childhood education emergent literacy play intellectual development and project-based learning. Writing for Your Colleagues Member E-mails Each month SECA sends out a brief e-mail to its members on a topic of interest to the field. Have you considered submitting an article for consideration We ll need the following 1. An article of no more than 400 words. 2. A handout designed for either parents or staff that provides basic information about the topic of your article. 3. Your photo and brief bio...we want to give you credit as the author 4. Photos to illustrate the content of the article. If you use photos with children you must have signed photo releases in order for us to include them in the e-mail. For photo guidelines and a sample photo release click here. For a copy of the submission guidelines click here. 11 Playing With Technology Is It All Bad Technology and Play What do you need to know Dimensions in a Nutshell Ruslan Slutsky Mindy Slutsky and Lori DeShetler Understand Technology is the new toy. Don t be afraid to let children use and play with technology. As new technologies emerge and become even more enticing to children don t fear them. Allow kids to have access to them. Evaluate Children will want to play with all forms of technology and that is where adults must play a deciding role. Is it developmentally appropriate Can children use the technology by themselves or will they need adult support and supervision Moderate Children will want to spend a lot of time engaging with technology as part of their play. Moderating the time here is critical because 30 minutes can quickly become 2 hours. Set limits for daily use. Balance Provide a balanced play experience. For each 30 minutes a child plays with technology provide that much time to play with traditional non-digitized toys. Mix in outdoor play experiences. Resources for Technology and Play What Adults Need to Know Professional Books & Resources http www.joanganzcooneycenter.org The Joan Ganz Cooney Center is an independent research and innovation lab that focuses on the challenges of educating children in a rapidly changing media landscape. We conduct original research on emerging education technologies and collaborate with educators and media producers to put this research into action. Recent reports include Level Up Learning A National Survey on Teaching with Digital Games by Lori Takeuchi Ph.D. and Sarah Vaala Ph.D. and Learning at Home Families Educational Media Use in America by Victoria Rideou. American Academy of Pediatrics Media Center http www.aap.org en-us about-the-aap aap-press-room aap-pressroom-media-center Pages default.aspx The Media Center includes a variety of articles and information on media use with children. Two videos concerning media use are featured on this page. Have a Family Media Use Plan with Marjorie Hogan MD FAAP Children Adolescents & the Media with Victor Strasburger MD HealthyChildren.org is a parent-focused website produced by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This site includes general information related to child health as well as information for more specific guidance on parenting issues including media guidelines. Setting Limits on Media Use is an audio presentation by Don Shiffrin Md FAAP. http www.healthychildren.org English family-life Media Pages Setting-Limits-on-Media-Use-Audio.aspx Beyond the Buzz Tips for Managing Social Networking Sites is an audio presentation at http www.healthychildren.org English ages-stages teen substance-abuse Pages Beyond-the-Buzz-Tips-for-Managing-SocialNetworking-Sites.aspx. Although targeted to parents of teens the common sense advice about the use of social networking sites is useful for everyone. Babies and Toddlers Should Learn from Play Not Screens is another audio presentation that can be found at http www.healthychildren.org English news Pages Babies-and-Toddlers-Should-Learn-from-Play-Not-Screens.aspx 13 Resources for Technology and Play What Adults Need to Know Professional Books & Resources NPR has produced a special series entitled Raising Digital Natives Technology and Our Kids. http www.npr.org series 241605846 raising-digital-natives-technology-and-our-kids You ll also find these audio presentations on the NPR website For Digital Natives Childhood May Never Be The Same http www.npr.org templates story story.php storyId 241449510 What You Need To Know About Babies Toddlers And Screen Time http www.npr.org blogs alltechconsidered 2013 10 29 228125739 what-to-know-about-babies-and-screen-time-kidsscreens-electronics On The Air This Week We re Exploring Digital Childhood http www.npr.org blogs alltechconsidered 2013 10 28 240783313 on-the-air-this-week-were-exploring-digital-childhoodkids-and-technology Digital Decisions Choosing the Right Technology Tools for Early Childhood Education (2012) Authors Karen Nemeth & Fran Simon Publisher Gryphon House ISBN 978-0-87659-408-7 https www.gryphonhouse.com books details digital_decisions Digital Decisions will open your eyes and expand your awareness of how technology fits into a purposefully planned child-centered classroom. Paula Jorde Bloom Michael W. Louis Endowed Chair McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership The SECA Reporter Summer 2014 http www.southernearlychildhood.org publications_reporter.php Articles Bridging the Digital Divide (pp. 2-3) and Educational Media at Home (pp. 3-4) Dimensions of Early Childhood Volume 42 1 Article Revisiting the Early Use of Technology A Critical Shift from How Young is Too Young to How Much is Just Right by C. Lorelle Lentz Kay Kyeong-Ju Seo & Bridget Gruner (pp. 15-23) Available on the members-only site at www.southernearlychildhood.org. 14 Resources for Technology and Play What Adults Need to Know Meet the Authors Ruslan Slutsky Ruslan Slutsky is an Associate Professor at The University of Toledo. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in early childhood education. His research is qualitative in nature with current interests focusing on the Reggio Emilia approach and children s use of technology during play. Mindy Slutsky Mindy Slutsky has been a preschool teacher for a total of 12 years. She recently received her Master s degree in Early Childhood education from the University of Toledo and currently resides in Toledo Ohio with her husband and two children. Lori M. DeShetler Lori M. DeShetler is a doctoral candidate in Curriculum & Instruction. She is employed at The University of Toledo as the Accreditation and Assessment Coordinator for the Judith Herb College of Education. Advancing Your Profession Become a Reviewer for SECA Become a reviewer for Dimensions of Early Childhood. Click here for a copy of the reviewer application and information about what s involved. It s a great resume builder and we need thoughtful skilled reviewers to ensure that we publish only the best articles. Help us to produce our annual publication What s New in Children s Books by reviewing a new children s book. For a copy of the application click here. You ll not only get to see what s new you ll get to keep the book as our thank you For more information about other volunteer opportunities visit our website at How to Get Involved. cation r your appli We ll look fo soon 15 Breakfast Blitz An Innovative Nutrition Education Program Explore ideas to encourage a healthy morning meal for parents and young children. Dimensions in a Nutshell Pamela C. Towery Elizabeth S. Nix & Bilinda Norman Start new fruits or vegetables such as kiwi pomegranate Taste or chickpeas. favorite food-related children s books. Share a parent meeting where you invite a family to talk Host about traditional breakfast food in their culture. healthy eating resources on the Internet such as Expl www.eatright.org kids or www.myplate.gov. ore al ocal extension agent dietitian or family consumer Find science teacher to present a program on healthy vegetable and herb seeds indoors to be transplanted into a family garden. and quick breakfast ideas. Resources for Breakfast Blitz An Innovative Nutrition Education Program Professional Books & Resources http www.eatright.org Public The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research education and advocacy. The Academy s website offers a public page which includes a Children s Health menu of topics including Childhood Obesity A Healthy Start Nutrition for Infants and Toddlers Nutrition for Kids and Teens Eat Right at School and Get Moving. You ll also find a page on the website that is parent and user friendly with topics about good nutrition for children. http www.eatright.org kids There are some great tips about Breakfast for Dinner . Choose My Plate.gov United States Department of Agriculture http www.choosemyplate.gov ChooseMyPlate.gov provides practical information to individuals health professionals nutrition educators and the food industry to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment nutrition education and other user-friendly nutrition information. MyPlate MiPlato and ChooseMyPlate.gov were developed by and are maintained by the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion (CNPP). There is a special page on the website that includes information specifically for preschoolers. You will find sample menus a new poster (Healthy Eating for Preschoolers) that can be downloaded daily food plans and more. http www.choosemyplate.gov preschoolers.html Preventing Childhood Obesity Helping Preschool Children Become Healthy & Fit (2008) Authors Dianne Lawler & Jim Stillwell Publisher SECA ISBN 978-0-942388-34-3 www.southernearlychildhood.org Early childhood professionals will enjoy the fun rhythmic activities yummy recipes tips for making small equipment and many more resources to help children stay healthy and fit. 17 Resources for Breakfast Blitz An Innovative Nutrition Education Program Professional Books & Resources http bestpractices.nokidhungry.org Share Our Strength s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger by connecting kids to the healthy food they need every day teaches families how to cook healthy affordable meals through Cooking Matters and invests in community organizations that fight hunger. The No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices provides the tools and resources needed to help elected officials and their staff educators and community leaders achieve success in fighting childhood hunger. Learn what works in the fight against childhood hunger and discover toolkits case studies hunger stats issue briefs reports and more at BestPractices.NoKidHungry.org. The site includes a page devoted to early childhood issues. The SECA Reporter Fall 2013 http www.southernearlychildhood.org publications_reporter.php Articles Too Much Salt Reducing Sodium in the Diets of Children (pp. 2-4) and Different Programs Different Gardens Low Sodium & Fun (p. 5) Dimensions of Early Childhood & Dimensions Extra Volume 42 2 Article Encouraging Healthy Eating Behaviors in Toddlers by Larra Brawley and Jennifer Henk (pp. 18-22) 18 Resources for Breakfast Blitz An Innovative Nutrition Education Program Meet the Authors Pamela C. Towery Pamela C. Towery directs the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro where she is Assistant Professor. Pam is active in diabetes education inter-professional experiences and frequently presents programs on a variety of child nutrition topics. Pam is active in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on a national and state level. Before moving to academia she worked in community clinical and bariatric nutrition as well as private practice. Her research interests include childhood obesity dietetics education and geriatrics nutrition. Elizabeth S. Nix Elizabeth S. Nix is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Arkansas State University located in Jonesboro Arkansas. Elizabeth earned her Ph.D. in Public Health from Walden University. She also holds an Advanced Practice Degree in Nursing and national board certifications as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Certified Diabetes Educator. Her research interests include community public issues and health disparities diabetes childhood obesity and immunizations. Bilinda Norman Bilinda Norman has been an Assistant Professor Nursing at Arkansas State University since August 2010 during which she has taught in the BSN traditional and accelerated programs. She has experience teaching didactic and clinical courses as well as Health Assessment and Fundamentals of Nursing. She is now the Clinical Coordinator for the CNS program. Prior to coming to ASU she was employed by NEA Baptist Clinic as an Advanced Practice Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator for over 18 years. Her current research interests include diabetes renal disease and nursing education We Need Writers How about trying an article for The SECA Reporter The Reporter is published 4 times per year and it includes a variety of articles and topics that are of interest to our members. These articles are more in-depth than the member e-mails but don t require the rigorous review of an article in Dimensions of Early Childhood. Cristina Kamp of Oklahoma took the plunge Her article on gardening with young children The Garden is Paradise to Me was featured in the Spring 2014 edition of The SECA Reporter. For a copy of the submission guidelines click here. 19 Ten Ways to Foster Resilience in Young Children Teaching Kids to Bounce Back Discover how caregivers can use activities to assist young children in building resilience. Dimensions in a Nutshell Karen Petty Children build resilience when allowed to talk about feelings frequently individually and in small groups. Children need at least one caring adult that they can go-to each day who will give intentional caring by checking in with them and giving them focused feedback. ONE Build Empathy TWO Identify a Go-to Person THREE Listen Learn to give complete attention to what children are saying. FOUR Learn to See Next Help children to bounce back by assisting them in looking forward rather than focusing on past problems. FIVE Accept Children for Who They Are Know dispositions and temperaments as well as appropriate expectations at different ages and stages of development. SIX Identify Strengths or Islands of Competence Find areas of strength in young children and build upon those. SEVEN Do-Overs Allow children to re-do mistaken or inappropriate behaviors. EIGHT Develop Responsibility Children can clean their spaces help one another care for pets (with assistance) be responsible for their belongings participate in their communities helping with food and clothing drives and feeding the homeless. NINE Offer Meaningful Participation Encourage children to participate in activities such as making class rules daily schedules rebus word and picture charts to follow as well as planning menus and field trips. Identify the problem with all involved and think of two or three ways to solve the problem that all can agree upon. Think of a reminder that you can use when needed. TEN Teach Problem-Solving Resources for Ten Ways to Foster Resilience in Young Children - Teaching Kids to Bounce Back Professional Books & Resources Building Resilience in Children http www.healthychildren.org English healthy-living emotional-wellness Building-Resilience Pages Building-Resilience-in-Children.aspx This article first appeared in Healthy Children Magazine. An audio version is also available. http www.apa.org helpcenter resilience.aspx The mission of the American Psychological Association is to advance the creation communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people s lives. This page on the website features a Resilience Guide for Parents and Teachers that offers a variety of articles on the topic of resilience including information about developing resilience in preschoolers. An article entitled Building Resilience among Black Boys may be found at http www.apa.org monitor 2014 10 cover-resilience.aspx. The theme of the article is helping black boys to capitalize on their strengths in part by giving them strategies to recognize and respond to racism. Building Resilience in Children and Teens 3rd Edition Author Kenneth R. Ginsburg MD Publisher American Academy of Pediatrics ISBN 978-1-58110-866-8 http shop.aap.org Building-Resilience-in-Children-and-Teens-Paperback Building Resilience in Children and Teens offers strategies to help kids from 18 months to 18 years build seven crucial Cs -- competence confidence connection character contribution coping and control -- so they can bounce back from challenges and excel in life. The book describes how to raise authentically successful children who will be happy hardworking compassionate creative and innovative. Also included are 15 cloud-based parent videos such as The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development. 21 Resources for Ten Ways to Foster Resilience in Young Children - Teaching Kids to Bounce Back Professional Books & Resources Growing Sound A Division of Children Inc. of Northern Kentucky http growing-sound.com s resilience GROWING SOUND develops music and other products that translate key findings from recent child development research into practical and entertaining products for teachers parents and children. As genuine breakthroughs in child development research increase there is a widening gap between what researchers know and what many parents and teachers practice. Parents and teachers want to optimize their child s development but they lack the time and expertise to digest the growing volume of research. Songs of Resilience by David Kisor a favorite of SECA audiences is a combination of music videos and discussion focusing on attachment initiative and self control. The SECA Reporter Helping Our Military Families (Fall2011) http www.southernearlychildhood.org upload file Reporter SECA_RepFall2011.pdf This special edition of The SECA Reporter was focused on supporting families with deployed military members. It includes articles that discuss strategies to help children cope and develop resilience. http www.centerforresilientchildren.org The mission of the Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) is to promote social and emotional development foster resilience and build skills for school and life success in children birth through school-age as well as to promote the resilience of the adults who care for them. All of the Initiatives that fall under the DCRC umbrella are based on resilience theory and emphasize the importance of strength-based assessment and planning to foster healthy social and emotional development. Several Initiatives are in place including DCRC s Infant and Toddler Initiative Preschool Initiative School-Age Initiative Adult Resilience Initiative and Child Welfare Initiative. 22 Resources for Ten Ways to Foster Resilience in Young Children - Teaching Kids to Bounce Back Meet the Authors Karen Petty Karen Petty is a Professor and Department Chair of Early Child Development and Education in the College of Professional Education Department of Family Sciences at Texas Woman s University Denton Texas. She has 20 years experience teaching young children in early childhood classrooms and 18 years teaching early childhood classes at the college level. Her research interests are in resilience and young children who are separated from their parents for prolonged periods of time especially in military families. Save 80% up to SECA is making the shift to e-books and this is your opportunity to get the last of the printed copies at a substantial discount On sale now for just 3 per copy plus shipping and handling. Call the SECA office at 1-800-305-SECA to place your order today Quantities limited to current inventory. 23 Join us in New Orleans Louisiana for the 66th Annual Conference of the Southern Early Childhood Association January 15-17 2015 Astor Crowne Plaza in the French Quarter